20 April 2014

Compelling explanations

Ari Handel, screenwriter for “Noah”, in an interview: In that vein, while there’s a lot of diversity shown in the animal kingdom, there’s no racial diversity in the cast. Can you speak to that? From the beginning, we were concerned about casting, the issue of race. What we realized is that this story is functioning at the level of myth, and as a mythical story, the race of the individuals doesn’t matter. ... Read more

7 April 2014

Brendan Eich: Some talking points answered

Watching the Brendan Eich backlash backlash, I’ve been collecting stupid talking points. Some have been covered better by other authors, but not all of them. So here they are, numbered so I can refer to the response without needing to go through it again. (1) “It’s inappropriate to single out Mozilla in this way. What about other asshole CEOs?” People boycotted Domino’s Pizza because of the founder’s political donations. They’ve refused to shop at Whole Foods because of the CEO’s political views. ... Read more

6 April 2014

Why I bought a Mac (again)

While I use Linux for my day-to-day work, I have given in and purchased another Mac for my personal computing. I’m not wild about supporting Apple financially. They are horrible patent trolls, they are openly hostile to free software, their hardware is overpriced and cannot be upgraded, and their main interest these days is iOS. And yet at the same time, my new MacBook Pro is a beautiful piece of hardware. ... Read more

4 April 2014

No Champagne, thanks

One of the developers to pull their app from the Firefox web app store has this to say: I met with Brendan and asked him to just apologize for the discrimination under the law that we faced. He can still keep his personal beliefs, but I wanted him to recognize that we faced real issues with immigration and say that he never intended to cause people problems. It’s heartbreaking to us that he was unwilling to say even that. ... Read more

3 April 2014

Apparently the coffee hasn’t kicked in yet

IM chat just now: Scott: When are they installing the solar system? mathew: What? Scott: You still putting solar panels on your house? mathew: Oh, right. I was thinking cosmos. Scott: that is funny mathew: Like, that was installed tens of millions of years ago when the sun cooled. Scott: imagine all the permits that would be needed now mathew: “I’m sorry, you can’t build rings around Saturn, they’re not in keeping with the neighboring planets. ... Read more

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